Image of Tallie is a facile but unconvincing story about a woman supposedly of special influence in the lives of several...

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IMAGE OF TALLIE

Image of Tallie is a facile but unconvincing story about a woman supposedly of special influence in the lives of several men. But other than Tallie Winthrop's reputed beauty, the author gives no substantial evidence that her qualities are other than ordinary. The narrator, Bradford Scott, now writing in Spain, composes this emoir of Tallie when he reads in a newspaper of her death. In the process he recalls his own early life as a writer in Hollywood during the `30's. Ostensibly drafted by the West Coast for his abilities as a ""sensitive"" writer, Brad Scott first meets and falls in love with Tallie during an excursion of hers away from her husband, Brian, a well-known architect. He pursues her on a cruise through the Canal, having decided to live up the Hollywood rat-race in favor of the war in Spain--about which he has no special convictions. On board he concentrates on getting her to his cabin and she parties with a lot of psychoanalytical cliches, finally administering the coup de grace to his ego by sleeping with a young (19) Spaniard who is also off to the war. There is very little more heard of Tallie until Brad returns from Spain, minus one eye, and they meet in New York, this time in his room (presumably by way of consolation) whereupon Tallie returns to her life as a Westchester hostess and Brad continues the worldwide dyssey writers are supposed to pursue. Fortunately for propriety's sake, at the time of her death, she was in the company of her husband.

Pub Date: Oct. 14, 1964

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1964